At a recent Lee Brice concert at the University of Oregon, George Relles Sound showcased its new Meyer Sound LYON linear sound reinforcement system, with Brice front of house engineer Wayne Pauley affirming the Eugene, OR-based sound company’s investment decision.
“The LYON system was a real eye-opening experience,” says Pauley, who mixed Brice on a LYON system at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. “It has remarkable clarity and projection, and it seemed like everything was jumping out of the arrays right at you.”
Relles’s purchase includes 14 LYON-M main and six LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, adding to an inventory that includes six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements and a Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system.
Pauley also noticed how the linear performance of LYON changed his mixing approach: “I found I could get a well-defined mix that sounded louder than its true SPL. Everything came together so well that I was surprised when I looked over at the SPL meter.”
One of the traits that first drew George Relles to LYON was its even front-to-back coverage. “With some line arrays, as you get into the near field it doesn’t sound as good, so you have to cover it with front fills,” says Relles. “But with LYON, I was struck by how smooth it sounded when you got close. It was a marked difference from what I’ve heard from other systems.”